A Bird Catches a Butterfly

Artist: Shafi ' Abbasi
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1650
Black ink and wash on light brown paper
H x W (drawing): 11.2 × 16.9 cm (4 7/16 × 6 5/8 in)
Iran, Isfahan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


bird, butterfly, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance

Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck , New York [1]

To 1996
Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York to 1996

From 1996
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd. in 1996


[1] According to Curatorial Note 2 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd.
Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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